Author: Katie Petska
Something that I am definitely not a stranger to is anxiety. I experience an extreme amount of anxiety over many things that are completely pointless to worry about. I care an extreme amount about what other people think about me and how they perceive me. When I think about all of the little things I have spent an endless amount of time worrying about it makes me so sad to think about all of the wasted time and energy I have spent on these things. In reality these things have absolutely no effect on my life today (or even the day after whatever it was happened).
When I find myself in a state of worry or anxiety I try to ask myself-“what is this in light of eternity?” Meaning-“how will this matter when I get to Heaven, or how will this affect me in my pursuit to Heaven?” When the answer is almost always-“it doesn’t matter” I know I am worrying for no reason. Now, to be honest, this mentality will work for me sometimes but I often get caught up in my worrying that I am not able to surrender it to the Lord. Trusting in the Lord is always something I am striving for but have realized that I have to trust God in the small things to then be able to trust Him in the large things as well.
I wanted to be completely honest with you all to let you know that this is a struggle of mine as I know it is for many. I have by no means conquered anxiety but I wanted to share a little bit of what I try to do. I would love to learn how you try to conquer your anxiety or to discuss more about stress and stressors in general.